Funeral details finalized for fallen Conservation Officer Sarah Grell

The funeral service details have been finalized for fallen DNR Conservation Officer Sarah Grell.

Both the visitation and funeral are open to the public at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids.

Visitation will begin Friday at 11 a.m. with the funeral at 1 p.m.

There will be no funeral procession.

Public parking will be available at the Civic Center lot and at Grand Rapids High School.

Grell died in the line of duty Monday after a crash with a semi-truck.

Grell leaves behind a husband and three children, and served in her post since 2005.

She was the third generation in her family to serve the state and its natural resources as a conservation officer.

Governor Tim Walz has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all State and Federal buildings in Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset, on Friday in honor and remembrance of Conservation Officer Grell.

“Sarah Grell was an outstanding Conservation Officer, who was highly regarded and respected by her colleagues and her community, serving the people and natural resources of Minnesota with dignity and pride,” reads the proclamation issued by Governor Walz.

“The State of Minnesota recognizes Conservation Officer Grell for her dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, her fellow citizens with deep gratitude. Our hearts are with her family, friends, and the entire community.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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